Microsoft Bing

web search engine from Microsoft

Microsoft Bing (or Bing) is a search engine. It used to be called Windows Live Search and MSN Search. Microsoft calls it a "decision engine",[2] meaning that Bing tries to interpret search queries and give people better search results compared to a typical search engine, helping the user make better decisions. Bing concentrates on four major areas: shopping, travel, local and health. A preview version was made available for everyone to use on June 1, 2009, and the website was fully launched on June 3, 2009.[3] The website quickly became popular after a few weeks.[4]

Microsoft Bing

Bing logo as of October 2020
Type of site
Search Engine
Available in40 languages
Created byMicrosoft
RevenueBing Ads
RegistrationOptional (Microsoft account)
LaunchedJune 3, 2009; 14 years ago (2009-06-03)
Current statusActive
Written inASP.NET[1]

On July 29, 2009, Microsoft and Yahoo! announced that Bing would power Yahoo! Search.[5] All Yahoo! Search global customers and partners will be shifted to Bing by early 2012.[6]

In October 2011, Microsoft announced "Tiger", a new internal search computer program for Bing. When it was finished, Bing delivered faster and more relevant search results for users. It has been incorporated into Bing since August 2011.[7]

On February 7, 2023, Microsoft launched a preview version of its Bing search engine, which is powered by OpenAI's artificial intelligence model. The new version of Bing is called "the new Bing" and is customized for search. It includes a chatbot called Microsoft Copilot.

Features change

Bing includes the listing of search suggestions as queries are entered. It lists related searches (called "Explore pane") based on[8] semantic technology from Powerset that Microsoft purchased in 2008.[9]

Every day, displays a different picture that users can click on parts of to learn more about.[10] These pictures can be about different places around the world, or nature, or even sometimes things in outer space.

Media features change

  • Video thumbnail Preview where, by hovering over a video thumbnail, the video automatically starts playing
  • Image search with continuous scrolling images results page that has adjustable settings for size, layout, color, style and people.[11]
  • Video search with adjustable setting for length, screen size, resolution and source

References change

  1. Roger Chapman. "Top 40 Website Programming Languages". Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  2. "Discover Bing: Explore Bing Services & Features for Everyday Decisions".
  3. "Microsoft's New Search at Helps People Make Better Decisions". Microsoft.
  4. "Bing Continues to Show Growth in Search Activity, According to Comscore". Comscore, Inc.
  5. Microsoft and Yahoo seal web deal.
  6. "When will the change happen? How long will the transition take?",, March 23, 2011
  7. "Bing Unleashing Tiger to Speed Search Results", Search Engine Watch, October 3, 2011
  8. "Microsoft Bing rides open source to semantic search". The Register. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
  9. "Microsoft to Acquire Powerset". Bing. Archived from the original on 2009-12-28. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
  10. "OMG! UBUNTU!: Set Bing.Com's Background of the Day as Your Wallpaper [Updated]". Archived from the original on 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2010-02-19.
  11. Limit Image Results to Color or Black and White Images Archived 2015-03-25 at the Wayback Machine.

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